John Peter Munton

John Peter Munton

John Peter Munton was born in Verdun, a suburb of Montreal, Canada on September 23, 1911, the oldest of four children of Alexander Munton and Kathleen Crewe. He died peacefully after a short illness on Feb. 6, 2013 at 101.

Peter's parents emigrated from England to Canada in 1910. The family moved to New Hampshire when he was two. He attended school in Nashua and graduated from Nashua High School. He worked for the Thom McCann shoe company to put himself through college and graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1934 in the midst of the depression with a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. After college, he joined the Rice Barton Corp., a paper making machinery company in Worcester, MA as a draftsman, eventually working his way to becoming Chief Engineer. He remained with Rice Barton for over thirty years.

In 1937 he married Gertrude Bournival. They were married 68 years and raised two daughters, Joan and Frances.

Peter loved to build things. He designed and built a cabin on Lake Winnisquam, NH with his good friend, Richard Smith. Later he designed and contracted his and Gertrude's dream home.

Peter's work involved consid-erable travel. He went to paper mills in ME, GA, WI, WA, Alaska, and CA, often traveling across the country by train and propeller plane. The Muntons moved to Portland OR in 1960 and after leaving Rice Barton to work for the Austin Company, Seattle to Bellevue WA in 1965.

In 2002 they moved to Evergreen Court, Bellevue, where Peter under the guidance of water color artists, started painting watercolors, a talent both his mother and sister shared. A lifelong gardener when he could no longer plant flowers, he painted them. He made many friends at Evergreen Court including "The Six Pack," a beer and wine-tasting group. He and his cat Pal spent his last year at Overlake Terrace in Redmond.

Peter was preceded in death by his parents, brother Alexander Vincent, sister Dorothy and wife Gertrude. Peter is survived by his sister Kathleen McCormick, Springfield VT, daughters Joan and husband (Frank) Cohee, Bellevue WA and Frances Greenleaf, Lakewood WA, five grandchildren Lynne Cohee (Matt Smith) Seattle; Bruce Cohee, Suquamish; Brian Cohee (Shelby), Shoreline; Shannon Tom (Dave), Eugene OR; Katy Greenleaf (Scott Walter) Seattle, nine great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Peter was curious about everything and valued education highly. He was an exemplary father and model to all who knew him. His humor, love and dignity will be missed. A family service is planned for later in the spring. In lieu of flowers the family suggests you drink a toast to him with a glass of red wine and make a donation to in his name.

Remembrances may be shared at

Funeral Home

Sunset Hills Funeral Home
1215 145th Place SE Bellevue, WA 98007
(425) 746-1400

Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 17, 2013